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12.3-megapixel digital SLR camera

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Our take on the Olympus E-620 (Body only)

by Dave Bar
Olympus

Develop your photography hobby

You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR — they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.

Take great pictures from any angle

The compact, lightweight Olympus E-620 comes packed with an array of photo-taking conveniences that make it easy to explore your creative side. Its live view LCD screen features a tilt-and-swivel design for flexible shooting from any angle. Plus, in-camera "Art Filters" let you create striking photographic effects that can turn your pictures into works of art. Just add your favorite Four Thirds-format lenses to this camera body, and start shooting fantastic-looking photos.

swivel screen

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Enjoy detailed, blur-free images

The E-620 treats you to crisp, 12.3-megapixel pictures with more than enough detail for cropping and printing at large sizes. Your prints will look spotless, too, thanks to a built-in dust reduction system. You also get built-in image stabilization technology to minimize unwanted blur caused by an unsteady hand. This sophisticated system physically shifts the position of the image sensor to compensate for camera shake, maintaining optimum picture sharpness. And because the system is built into the camera instead of the lens, you can take advantage of it with any lens you use.


Flexible shooting options

You can use the E-620's bright optical viewfinder to compose your photos, or spot your subjects and frame your shots using the camera's live view LCD. The big 2-11/16" screen tilts and swivels freely up to 270° for easy shooting from any angle, including overhead and down low. It's also great for capturing accurate self portraits. The screen's live view capability lets you instantly see how adding filter effects or adjusting camera settings will alter your photo, so you can make exposure and white balance corrections while you shoot. Dual media slots let you save images to your choice of optional CompactFlash® memory cards or xD-Picture Cards™ (no memory included).


Easy operation, lots of creative possibilities

Illuminated buttons

The E-620's fully automatic mode makes it a snap to shoot great-looking images, even for beginning photographers. You also get preset scene settings that let you accurately capture portraits, night scenes, sports, and more. The camera's six special Art Filters offer cool, creative options. For example, Grainy Film mode captures images with a gritty black and white look that lends drama and adds contrast. Pin Hole mode darkens the corners and edges of your photos for an old world look that draws the viewer's attention to your centered subject. Advanced image adjustments provide sophisticated control of contrast, saturation, and sharpness levels, so you can give photos the exact look you want. Olympus even added illumination to the cam's buttons for easier control in low-light environments.


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Highlights:

  • 12.3-megapixel effective recording
  • Four Thirds-size Live MOS image sensor (17.3 x 13.0 mm)
  • compatible with Olympus Zuiko Digital and other Four Thirds standard mount lenses
  • built-in sensor-shift (optical) image stabilization to compensate for camera shake
  • 2-11/16" tilt-and-swivel LCD screen with Live View for composing shots in real-time and previewing the effects of exposure control settings
  • Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system for cleaning image sensor
  • TruePic™ III+ Image Processor
  • optical SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
  • illuminated buttons on camera body for easier operation in low light settings
  • 7-point autofocus with 5 cross-type sensors for better horizontal and vertical tracking
  • face detection tracks up to 8 faces for in-focus people shots
  • image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG
  • JPEG options (pixels): 4032 x 3024; 3200 x 2400; 2560 x 1920; 1600 x 1200; 1280 x 960; 1024 x 768; 640 x 480
  • shutter speed range: 60 - 1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • ISO sensitivity (film speed equivalent): 100-3200
  • exposure bracketing (3 or 5 frames), ISO bracketing (3 frames), and white balance bracketing (3 frames)
  • continuous shooting mode: 4 frames per second (up to 5 RAW frames, unlimited frames in JPEG Large/Normal mode)
  • six preset art filters for creative effects, including Pop Art, Pin Hole, and Grainy Film
  • built-in flash with flash exposure compensation
  • flash sync at 1/180 second
  • hot accessory shoe
  • dual media slots accept CompactFlash® cards (Type I and II, UDMA media-compatible), Microdrives, and xD-Picture Cards™ (no memory cards included; must be purchased separately)
  • high-speed USB interface
  • video out (NTSC/PAL)
  • 5-1/8"W x 3-3/4"H x 2-7/8"D (without lens)
  • weight (with battery): 17.6 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable BLS-1 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • shoulder strap
  • USB and video cable
  • software CD-ROM

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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2.7"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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Wi-Fi
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GPS-enabled
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Lens 35mm Equivalent
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N/A
Optical Zoom
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N/A
Digital Zoom
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N/A
Filter Diameter
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N/A
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Manual Exposure
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Yes
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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No
Memory
Internal Memory
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None
Memory Media
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CompactFlash
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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1.23e+007
Total Megapixels
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1.306e+007
Image Stabilization
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Sensor Shift
Highest Resolution
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4032 x 3024
HD Video Recording
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No
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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5-1/8
Height (inches)
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3-13/16
Depth (inches)
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2-7/8
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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17.6
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • E-620 Digital SLR camera body (with attached body cap)
  • PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V/1150mAh)
  • BCS-1 Lithium-Ion battery charger (DC output: 8.35V/400mA)
  • 6' AC cord
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • 54" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary multi-connector on other end)
  • 62" Composite video cable (with RCA composite video plug on one end and a proprietary multi-connector on other end)
  • Viewfinder cover
  • Olympus Master 2 CD-ROM software
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
  • Instruction Manual (French)
  • Camera Warranty card
  • System chart
  • Software Installation Guide

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Features
Supplied Software

Features

Olympus E-620 Body Only: This Olympus outfit includes only the E-620 Digital SLR camera body. No lenses are included. The E-620 has a Four Thirds mount to accommodate optional lenses.

Image Pickup Device: The E-620 uses a 4/3" Live MOS sensor with approximately 13,060,000 pixels and 12,300,000 effective pixels.

Dust Reduction System: The E-620's built-in Dust Reduction System helps to eliminate unwanted spots on your images. When you turn on the camera, the patented Supersonic Wave Filter silently vibrates, shaking off and collecting dust particles that may accumulate on the sensor.

2.7" HyperCrystal Swivel LCD: You can use the camera's 2.7" HyperCrystal LCD monitor for framing your shots and viewing your digital pictures and videos. The LCD has approximately 230,000 dots and 100% playback field of view. You can adjust the brightness from -7 to +7. The LCD monitor swivels outward, and can rotate 270° so you can compose your shots at any angle, including overhead and down low. The wide viewing angle of 176° lets you clearly see your images from way off axis.

Optical Viewfinder: The E-620 has a built-in, eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder with approximately 95% field of view. The viewfinder's diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder to your own eyesight.

Live View: Using the Live MOS imaging sensor and the LCD monitor, you can view the subject you are taking a picture of, and the effect that exposure or white balance adjustments have on the composition. The image shown on the LCD is the same image received by the Live MOS sensor. Live View also allows you to enlarge part of the subject for focusing or checking the composition using the display ruled lines.

Image Recording Formats: The E-620 records digital still images in JPEG format, as well as RAW uncompressed images. It cannot record audio or movies.

Still Image File Sizes: The E-620 allows you to shoot still images in 7 sizes with your choice of 4 compression modes. The available picture sizes in the 4:3 aspect ratio include 4032 x 3024, 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480. The 4:3 image sizes can each be trimmed to produce images in 16:9, 3:2, or 6:6 aspect ratios. Compression modes available for each picture resolution are Super Fine (1/2.7 compression), Fine (1/4), Normal (1/8), and Basic (1/12). RAW images can be recorded only in 4032 x 3024 resolution with loss-less compression (approximately 1/1.5 compression). The camera can be set to record a RAW and JPEG image simultaneously in several picture sizes.

Recording Media: Still images are recorded on Compact Flash (Type I or II), MicroDrive (compatible with FAT 16/32), and xD-Picture cards. If desired, you can copy images from one type of media to the other if both cards are inserted.

Image Stabilization: The E-620 utilizes mechanical image stabilization (sensor shift) to automatically compensate for camera shake in low-light situations or when using a telephoto lens. You can choose from the following stabilization modes:

  • I.S. 1: Image stabilizer on
  • I.S. 2: Vertical image stabilizer is on and horizontal image stabilizer is off. This is used for panning with the camera in the horizontal direction to achieve a blurred background.
  • I.S. 3: Horizontal image stabilizer is on and vertical image stabilizer is off. This is used for panning with the camera in the vertical direction to achieve a blurred background (tilting).
  • Off: Image stabilizer is off.

Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can choose from 7 Easy Shooting Modes and 4 Advanced Shooting Modes:

  • Easy Shooting Modes:
    • Auto: You can shoot using an optimum aperture and shutter speed set by the camera. The built-in flash pops up automatically in low-light conditions.
    • Portrait: Suitable for shooting a portrait-style image of a person.
    • Landscape: Suitable for shooting landscapes and other outdoor scenes.
    • Macro: Suitable for taking close-up pictures.
    • Sport: Suitable for capturing fast-moving action without blurring.
    • Night + Portrait: Suitable for shooting both the main subject and background at night.
    • Art Filter/Scene: You can select from the following Art Filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole; or from the following Scene Modes: Children, High Key, Low Key, DIS mode, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Underwater Wide, and Underwater Macro
  • Advanced Shooting Modes:
    • Program Shooting: Shoot using an aperture and shutter speed that the camera sets.
    • Aperture Priority: Set the aperture manually, and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically.
    • Shutter Priority: Set the shutter speed manually between 1/4000 to 60 seconds, and the camera sets the aperture automatically.
    • Manual Priority: Set the shutter speed and aperture manually.

Panorama Shooting: When an Olympus xD-Picture card is inserted in the camera, you can create panoramic scenes with multiple images. Using the supplied Olympus Master 2 software, you can join together up to 10 images to create a unique panorama composite image. Images can be joined together horizontally or vertically.

Focus Modes: The E-620 uses automatic focusing and manual focusing. You can select Single-AF (when shutter pressed halfway), Continuous-AF (always focusing), or Manual (turning the focus ring). You can also fine-adjust the focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF or C-AF mode.

Auto-Focus Target: The camera has 7 Auto-Focus targets for focusing on the subject. In the All-Target AF mode, the camera focuses on the subject in front of the camera from among the 7 AF targets. In the Single-Target AF mode, you can select one AF target for accurately focusing on the subject after composing the shot.

ISO Settings: The sensitivity can be set automatically or manually. You can set the default and upper limits for Auto ISO. The manual ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 3200, with selectable ISO steps of 1 EV or 1/3 EV.

White Balance: Color reproduction depends upon light conditions. You can choose from 4 options for setting the white balance:

  • Auto: For General Use, used for most light conditions
  • Preset: You can choose from the following presets:
    • 5300K: for shooting outdoors on a clear day, for sunset/sunrise, or fireworks
    • 7500K: for shooting outdoors in the shadows on a clear day
    • 6000K: for shooting outdoors on a cloudy day
    • 3000K: for shooting under a tungsten light
    • 4000K: for shooting under white fluorescent lighting
    • 4500K: for shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp
    • 6600K: for shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp
    • 5500K: for flash shooting
  • Custom: Color temperature set in the custom white balance menu (between 2000K and 14000K)
  • One-Touch: Color temperature set by the one-touch WB method

Sequential Shooting: In addition to shooting single frames, the E-620 can also shoot multiple images for as long as the shutter button is pressed. When set to Sequential Shooting "H", the camera records at approximately 4 frames per second. When set to Sequential Shooting "L", you can set the speed to 1 frame per second or 3 frames per second. The camera must be set to Single-AF or Manual-AF. Focus, exposure, and white balance are set with the first frame.

Self-Timer: The Self-Timer lets you take pictures after a preset amount of time. You can choose from 2 seconds or 12 seconds. When shooting without looking through the viewfinder, you should attach the supplied eyepiece cover to the viewfinder to prevent light from entering the viewfinder and changing the exposure.

Remote Control Shooting: Using the optional RM-1 remote control, you can take a picture with yourself in it, or a night scene without touching the camera. You can set the camera to release the shutter right away or 2 seconds after the shutter button on the remote is pressed. Bulb shooting is also possible using the remote control.

Bulb Shooting: The E-620 can take extra long exposures with bulb shooting. When the camera is set to Bulb, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter button stays pressed. Use of a tripod is highly recommended for bulb shooting.

Pop-up Flash: The E-620 is equipped with an auto pop-up flash. There are several flash modes: Auto, Flash synchronization speed/slow limit, Red-eye reduction flash, Slow synchronization (1st curtain), Slow synchronization (2nd curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain) with Red-eye reduction, Fill in flash, and Flash off. Manual flash settings are also available. In addition, you can adjust the flash intensity from -3 to +3, and shoot 3 images with flash bracketing.

Optional Flash Units: The camera has a hot accessory shoe on the top for use with an external flash unit. Optional flash units that can be used with the E-620 include FL-50R, FL-50, FL-36R, FL-36, FL-20, RF-11, and TF-22. The camera is also compatible with the Olympus wireless RC flash system with the FL-50R and FL-36R flash units.

Bracketing: To increase your chances of getting the perfect exposure in difficult shooting conditions, you can set the camera to take a number of photos at different exposure values for each frame. Frames are shot at optimum exposure, plus pictures adjusted in the opposite directions of exposure. You can perform bracketing in the following ways:

  • AE Bracket: Three frames are shot using automatic exposure. You can set the compensation value to 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
  • WB Bracket: Three frames are shot using different white balances; one at specified WB, one adjusted toward amber-blue color, and the other toward green-magenta. You can set the bracketing adjustments in 2, 4, or 6 steps.
  • FL Bracket: Three frames are shot with different flash intensity. Compensation values can be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.
  • ISO Bracket: Three images are taken, each with different ISO sensitivity, with shutter speed and aperture fixed. Compensation values can be set at 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV.

Metering Modes: There are 5 ways to measure the subject brightness:

  • Digital ESP: Camera measures light levels and calculates the differences in 49 separate areas of the image.
  • Center-Weighted Average: Camera provides the average metering between the subject and background lighting, placing more weight on the subject in the center.
  • Spot: Camera meters a very small area around the center of the subject.
  • Spot with Highlight Control: If overall background is bright, the camera shifts toward over-exposure so white areas don't turn gray.
  • Spot with Shadow Control: If overall background is dark, the camera shifts toward under-exposure so black areas don't turn gray.

Face Detection: The camera will detect people's faces in the frame (up to 8) and adjust the focus and metering automatically.

Multiple Exposures: The E-620 can overlay multiple frames and save the result as a single image. You can overlay an image while taking a picture, or overlay a recorded image in playback mode.

Photo Playback: You can play back images one at a time, or in an index display of 4, 9, 16, 25, 49, or 100. You can also display images recorded on the memory card by date. While in single image playback, the image can be magnified up to 10x for a closer look.

Playback On TV: The E-620 allows you to play back your still images on a TV. The camera offers a composite video output (using the supplied A/V cable).

Editing Images: After images are recorded, you can edit them in the following ways:

  • Shadow Adjustment: Shadow Adjustment Technology brings out more details in shadows, capturing the scene exactly as you see it.
  • Red-Eye Fix: Reduces the red-eye phenomenon caused during flash shooting.
  • Trimming: Sets the trimming size with the control dial and the trimming position with the arrow pad.
  • Black & White: Creates black and white images
  • Sepia: Creates sepia-toned images.
  • Saturation: Sets the color depth while checking the picture on the LCD screen.
  • Size Conversion: Converts the image file size to 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, or 320 x 240. Images with an aspect ratio other than 4:3 (standard) are converted to the closest image file size.
  • Aspect: Changes the aspect ratio of images from 4:3 to 3:2, 16:9 or 6:6.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer, regardless of brand.

Power Options: The E-620 is powered by the supplied PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2 volts/1150mAh). The battery charges in approximately 3 hours 30 minutes in the supplied BCS-1 battery charger. The BLS-1 battery is good for approximately 500 shots on a single charge with the LCD off.

Supplied Software

Olympus Master 2 Software: The E-620 includes Olympus Master 2 software on CD-ROM. The software lets you do the following:

  • Transfer images from the camera or removable media to your computer
  • View images
  • Group and organize images into albums and folders
  • Correct images using filter and correction functions
  • Edit images (rotate, trim, change image size)
  • Print images using a variety of formats
  • Update the camera firmware
  • Develop RAW images

System Requirements:

  Windows Macintosh
Operating System Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Home/Professional
Windows Vista
Mac OS X v10.3-10.5
Processor Pentium III 500 MHz or faster Power PC G3 500 MHz or faster
Intel Core Solo/Duo 1.5 GHz or faster
RAM 256MB or more 256MB or more
Free Hard Disk Drive 500MB or more 500MB or more
Monitor Settings 1024 x 768 pixels or more
Minimum 65,536 colors (Minimum 16,770,000 colors recommended)
1024 x 768 pixels or more
Minimum 32,000 colors (Minimum 16,770,000 colors recommended)
Others USB port or IEEE 1394 port
Internet Explorer 6 or later
QuickTime 7 or later recommended
DirectX 9 or later recommended
USB port or IEEE 1394 (FireWire) port
Safari 1.0 or later (1.3 or later recommended)
QuickTime 6 or later
 
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